Posts made in September, 2011

Potter’s Book Club: A Potter’s Workbook by Clary Illian

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in About Me, Books, Workshop | 1 comment

If I formed an actual book club for potters, Clary Illian’s A Potter’s Workbook would definitely be on the reading list.  It would be great fun to work through the assignments with other potters and then have a group discussion. Illian defines A Potter’s Workbook as  “a utilitarian pottery workshop in a book…designed to help students who are learning to throw pots, potters who know how to throw but feel the need for greater understanding, and skilled craftspeople who enjoy thinking about the objects they love” (pg 1).   And, I found it to be all of that and more. The chapters are organized...

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Bonne Anniversaire!

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in About Me, Mugs, Surface Decoration | 2 comments

One year!  It has been one year since I started this blog.  And, I have to say, that I have enjoyed working on it more than I would have thought.  I enjoy finding photos and working out ideas to share.  Thank you to everyone who checks in.  I am honored that you choose to spend some of your valuable time with me.  I am looking forward to continuing to share my musings on pottery and anything else that I can put into coherent...

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Posted by on Sep 24, 2011 in About Me, Philosophy, Teabowl | 0 comments

Yesterday was the beginning of autumn, my favorite season.  I love this time of year; and, even though eastern NC is slow in her transition, I am in full fall mode.  There are so many things I enjoy about this time of year – cooler weather, softer light, changing leaves, football. I takes a bit of effort for me to enjoy summer – but it is so easy for me to celebrate fall.  I buy mums, put out pumpkins, decorate the house with warm fall colors, light candles, and make soups.  I even have music that I listen to this time of year.  Most of my favorites include the hammered dulcimer:...

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Trade-Up Policy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2011 in About Me, Glazes, Mugs, Multiples | 6 comments

When I first started making pottery, I chucked most of my pots.  In fact, it was quite a while before I kept anything (I am not sentimental).  I held no delusions about the quality of pot I was capable of making.  It is the same for all potters.  In the beginning, your pots look like a 3rd grader made them. But after a lot of practice, my pots improved.  Mind you, they weren’t good, but they were better.  But I didn’t keep many and certainly didn’t consider giving them away for quite some time. After several months of throwing, I finally had a some pots that were keepable...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2011 in Shows | 0 comments

I am happy to be home – it was a long weekend.  Craft shows are fun but they are a lot of work.  Unfortunately, the weather was uncooperative for Sparkcon.  Saturday was cold and wet; and, although the weather was much better today, the crowd was small. The poor weather gave us a chance to break in our new side-wall panels.  Julie ordered them this summer and this was our first opportunity to try them out.  They are great – the wind and rain were kept at bay all day Saturday.  So, Julie and I spent the day chatting away in our cozy booth. Even when the shows are slow, I enjoy the...

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